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Ultraviolet B radiation-induced immunosuppression: molecular mechanisms and cellular alterations

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Abstract

About 30 years ago, the discovery of the connection between UV radiation and the immune system triggered the field of photoimmunology. In that time, many aspects were studied, and a complex picture emerged. UV absorption results in multi-tiered molecular and cellular UV radiation-induced events, eventually affecting the immune system. The shorter wavelengths of the UV spectrum, i.e. UVB appear to be the most critical players for impairing immune reactions. This review summarizes and discusses UVB radiation-induced effects on the skin, considering the primary efferent molecular events following energy absorption of UVB radiation, ending with the various afferent cellular changes, such as induction of regulatory T cells.

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The article was received on 07 Dec 2004, accepted on 09 Mar 2005 and first published on 21 Mar 2005


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/B418378A
Citation: Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2005,4, 699-708
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    Ultraviolet B radiation-induced immunosuppression: molecular mechanisms and cellular alterations

    N. Schade, C. Esser and J. Krutmann, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2005, 4, 699
    DOI: 10.1039/B418378A

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